Chicago Cubs: One of the best places to get refreshments outside of the park for many years is also long gone.
Sure a number of the bars around Wrigley Field have been around for a long time, but for a family with kids, a great place to go before or after the game was Yum Yum Donuts.
The small building right on Clark Street next to the park where Gallagher Way is today was a place to get coffee, donuts and delicious Chicago-style hot dogs. It was also nice to have during Bears season back in their Wrigley Field days to get something hot after a day in the cold Chicago air.
This little place had tons of signs all over it, including Vienna Beef, Budweiser, Pepsi and all their specials on soup, hot dogs, beef and polish sausage. It would be cool today if it were still around for nostalgic reasons, but the business closed in the early 2000s. For the next several years the building was used by the Cubs for business space until it was razed in 2009.
Next time you walk near those fountains at Gallagher Way, remember that was once the site of the famous Yum Yum Donuts.